"General Policy Statement"
General Policy Statement In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Southern Utah University will implement procedures both in the spirit and letter of the law to ensure equal access to educational opportunities for students with disabilities. The Law ADA The Americans with Disabilities’ Act states “ No qualified individual with a disability shall, by any reason of such a disability, be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of the services, programs, or services of a public entity, or be subjected to discrimination by any such entity.” What is the meaning of disability? Under the ADA, a student with a disability is defined as any person who: Has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major activities. Has a record of such an impairment. Is regarded as having such an impairment. Our Student Support Center Office Definition of Terms: A reasonable accommodation Not a reasonable accommodation Complete Documentation Written by a qualified specialist, such as a physician, psychologist, psychiatrist, or audiologist concerning the disability or condition. Functional limitations. Professionals’ recommendations are helpful if included in documentation. Confidentiality Disability and disability-related information will be kept in confidential files. Information may be shared on a need-to-know basis. Faculty and staff members have the responsibility to keep confidential the name of the disabled student from the rest of the students in their class. Responsibilities SOUTHERN UTAH UNIVERSITY FACULTY AND STAFF MEMBERS STUDENTS SUU SUU’s responsibilities to individuals with disabilities are mandated by Federal Laws such as American Disability Act of 1990 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. SUU is responsible to furnish appropriate auxiliary aids and services where necessary to allow equal opportunity as defined by federal law and regulation to participate and enjoy the benefit of a service, program, or activity conducted by the university. Faculty To provide an updated class syllabus each term, that reads: Students with medical, psychological, learning or other disabilities desiring academic adjustments, accommodations, or auxiliary aids will need to contact the Southern Utah University Coordinator of services for students with disabilities, in room 206F of the Sharwan Smith Center or phone 435-865-8022. The disability office determines eligibility for and authorizes the provision of services. To deliver tests to our office, in the case of testing accommodations. hand-deliver to ST 206F e-mail to email@example.com faxing to 865-8235 To discuss, upon requested, essential educational elements, curriculums or other educational issues with our office as they relate to students academic adjustments, accommodations or auxiliary aids. To respect the legal rights of the student. Faculty will only be informed of limitations and the accommodations necessary for their classes. Faculty may avail themselves of Southern Utah University’s ADA grievance procedure for faculty by contacting Carmen Alldredge , 865-8022, Smith Center 206 F and Brent Johnson, 586-7964, Facilities Manag. Office Student Meet with the Disability Support Center counselor at least two weeks prior to the needed service. Provide current, complete diagnostic information of the disability to the DSC. Attend class and maintain the academic standards set by the University and the Department. Distribute “Accommodation Letter(s)” to the instructors that will be written by DSC upon student’s request. Report any grievance with the University regarding DSC services to Carmen Alldredge , Sharwan Smith Center 206 F and Brent Johnson, 586-7964, Facilities Manag. Office. Make arrangements 24 hours prior to the test for testing accommodations. WHAT DISABILITIES DO WE SERVE? LEARNING DISABILITIES READING, WRITING ADD, ADHD MATH PHYSICAL DISABILITIES HEARING VISUAL MOTOR PSYCHOLOGICAL DISABILLITIES CHRONIC DEPRESSION SCHIZOPHRENIA EMOTIONAL ADA information, where to find it? 1. Americans with disabilities act www.netac.rit.edu/publications/tipsheet/ADA.html www.postitt.org/text/legal/ada.html 2. Titles in ADA, regulations, court cases, civil rights www.clhe.org/disabilitylaw/page1.shtml www.usfca.edu/acadserv/acadsupp/ld/law.htm 3. www.yahoo.com a. Disability Accommodations in higher ed b. ETS (Educational Testing Service) For further information and assistance, please contact: Disability Support Center Carmen R. Alldredge Coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities Sharwan Smith Center 206F Office: 865-8022 Fax: 865-8235 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org